But I Don’t Want To!

Mitch Hobish Growth, Productivity

About 25 years ago I chided my father for hiring folks to do various things around his house that I felt he not only could have, but should have done himself.

Fast forward to today, and I find myself in the unfortunate position of wanting to hire folks to do various things around the house that I not only could, but feel that I should do myself.

There are two items on my to-do list that I just don’t want to face: I want to replace some under-cabinet lighting in the kitchen, and I need to open up one of my desktop monitors to see why it’s intermittently blanking the screen—often with a disturbing “pffft” sound—and, presumably, to fix it.  I’m fully capable of doing both.

I just don’t want to.

I too often tend to spend too much time trying to figure out why I’m hesitating, meaning that nothing gets done. When pressed, I’ll make a decision, but then I must promise myself (and follow through) with not second-guessing myself: Just make the decision, and move on.

For some reason, though, I just don’t want to.

I’ll get everything done. I always do. I just wonder sometimes what holds me up.

UPDATE: As of November 20, the under-cabinet wiring and receptacle-installation job is done! (I told you I’d do it…)

I did some preliminary troubleshooting on the monitor situation, but it’s been well-behaved since one particularly long-lasting “pffft”, which—along with a few other clues—makes me think there was a real bug (insect) in the monitor case. I’ll take the engineering approach to this one, and say, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” But I will certainly make the time to dive into it should things begin acting weird again.

Questions: Do you find yourself hesitating to do things? What is the source of the hesitation? Does answering the preceding question even matter? How do you deal with such events?